NCTM – Friday

Back on the train.  Jealous of the students and coaches from my school headed off to Penn Relays on the train, while I get off a few stops earlier for NCTM.  Looking forward to the day…

Supporting the Mathematical Practices: What’s In Your Coaching Toolkit?

This session had an interesting opening activity.  Seven statements about classroom culture were provided, and teachers were asked to assess themselves on a continuum?  Some examples

  • From focus on correct answer towards focus on explanation and understanding.
  • From mathematical authority coming from the teacher or textbook to mathematical authority coming from sound student reasoning.

Already, the activity caused me to reflect upon the textbook-driven culture in schools, and how we approach classroom practice.

How can we provide optimal learning opportunities for students to become mathematically proficient?  The team create a check list of “look-fors” which cover each of the 8 Common Core standards, and shifts in classroom practice which attempt to match the new standards.

This was one of the best sessions I have attended, as I have some great ideas here for guiding the teachers I work with through the increased rigor of the Common Core.

Unfortunately, I am off to a track meet tonight, so today’s post is a quickie.  A late night tonight, then an early train tomorrow for more sessions.


By Bob Lochel

HS Math Teacher. Hatboro-Horsham School District, Horsham, PA.

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